Oct. 1, 2009, midnight
Members of the Constitutional Court on Thursday told journalists that they would finish recounting votes from August 30's Presidential election on Friday. The recount began Wednesday, a day late, following disputes over the presence of opposition scrutineers. According to earlier reports, the court was to announce its verdict on Thursday. About two dozen politicians, some of them candidates, petitioned the court on September 18 to overturn the victory of President Ali Ben BONGO Ondimba. Several of them claim the court is stacked with BONGO supporters. BONGO claimed 42 percent of votes on Election Day. Following the eruption of post-election violence, much of it directed against French interests in the country, he banned opposition politicians from traveling outside Gabon. BONGO succeeds his father, Omar BONGO Ondimba, who ruled from 1967 until his death last May.